The Future - A Community Right to Build Order for a Redeveloped Hall
The trustees of Freshford Village Memorial Hall, and their supporting development sub-committee have prepared a Community Right to Build Order (CRtB order) to fulfil their vision to enhance, modernise and extend the existing Freshford Village Memorial Hall facility to provide a welcoming and attractive multi-purpose focus for local community activity complementing its outstanding rural setting. The intention is to embark upon a phased programme to be carried out over the next 5 years, incorporating refurbishment of the existing village hall building, with extensions to provide a separate doctor’s surgery and dedicated pre-school space. This project will significantly improve and ensure the long term viability of a building which acts as the community hub for the villages of Freshford and Limpley Stoke. 

What is a Community Right to Build Order (CRtB Order)?

A Community Right to Build Order (CRtB Order) Submission is comparable to a Planning Application, but with two key differences:
  • a CRtB Order can only be submitted by a community group or organisation. The proposal in a CRtB order is submitted to an independent examiner who will review the order to ensure it conforms to national and local planning policies. They will recommend or not, whether it can go to a referendum. 
  • in the referendum, residents of our Neighbourhood Plan Area (as defined by the Freshford and Limpley Stoke Neighbourhood Plan 2014-2039) will have the opportunity to decide whether or not to support this proposal. If over 50% of voters support the proposal then the local authority (Bath and North East Somerset Council) will ‘make’ the order, the equivalent of planning consent. 
The Order

The Freshford Village Memorial Hall’s Community Right to Build Order proposes development of land at Freshford Village Memorial Hall, Freshford Lane, Freshford, Bath, BA2 7UR.

The proposed development is to enhance, modernise and extend the existing Freshford Village Memorial Hall facility to provide a welcoming and attractive multi-purpose focus for local community activity complementing its outstanding rural setting.

The proposed development will incorporate purpose-built doctor's surgery and Pre-school extensions to the existing refurbished main hall and meeting room accommodation.

Consultation

The process of developing plans to modernise and extend the hall began in 2011 and has been an important aspect of the Freshford and Limpley Stoke Neighbourhood plan that was adopted by Bath and North East Somerset Council in 2015. Extensive formal and informal consultation has been conducted throughout the life of the development project, covering statutory bodies, the local community and other interested parties. The Trustees have used a variety of approaches to engage the residents of the local community including professionally facilitated workshops as well as newsletters, posters and online information sharing. As a result, community responses to the formal consultation exercise held in 2018 were overwhelmingly supportive. The few issues of concern that were raised related to car-parking provision, appearance of the proposed 'front porch' and the development’s general ‘fit’ within the village and its immediate surroundings. Bath and NE Somerset Council made some further observations particularly in relation to the development's character, appearance and impact on the Green Belt, the impact on the trees forming the western boundary and the ecological network, and Highway safety and car parking that the Trustees have addressed in the final CRtBO submission. 

The Trustees would like to thank everyone who participated in the 2018 consultation – their input has helped improve the development plans for Freshford Village Memorial hall and will result in a modernised building that will benefit the entire community

Final Community Right to Build Order Documentation


Formal Consultation on the Community Right to Build Order now started

The formal B&NES consultation on the Community Right to Build order is now ongoing and will run to 15th October 2019. The Order has been given the following planning application reference number: 19/03783/CRBO. 

Comments can be submitted online through the public access portal, which you can access via yes.support/freshford
You can also email comments to neighbourhood_planning@bathnes.gov.uk quoting the reference number or write to Planning Policy, B&NES Council, Lewis House, Manvers Street, Bath, BA1 1JG again quoting the reference number

Comments received at this stage will be passed directly to an Independent Examiner for their consideration. 

All comments received will also be published on the B&NES Planning website at the end of the consultation period. The name of the individual will be published alongside the comment but other personal details will be redacted or removed in this document.

If you would like to request to be notified of the decision on the Order proposal, please mention this as part of your comments.